[Koha] Importing and updating bibliographic records

Frederic Demians frederic at tamil.fr
Fri Jun 12 23:25:49 NZST 2009

> In fact, could thissz biblio.pm module also be used for the initial 
> immort, rather than using MARC directly ? According to you, how do 
> these solutions compare ?

Yes, but it could be tricky. bulkmarcimport.pl script invokes biblio.pm 
functions as you can imagine. But it do it correctly, ie it call several 
functions in order to add both biblio records AND their related item 
records. If you want to do it directly you have to hack 
bullmarcimport.pl script and understand how it works.

> And also, are there functionalities in Koha's web interface that could 
> be used to enrich an existing bibliographic record (or set of existing 
> bibliographic records) with data fetched, say, from a Z39.50 server ?

(1) In Koha data entry page, you can perform a Z39.50 search. But you 
can't merge the result of a Z39.50 search with an existing biblio 
record. You can just overlap it or create a new record. (2) Another 
solution would be to use a standard z39.50 client in order create 
iso2709 file. Then you import this file into Koha with Tools > Stage 
MARC Records. In Manage Staged MARC Record, you can specify a matching 
rule. But here again, you can't choose to merge records (new and old). 
You just can replace, add or ignore. So there are two places in Koha 
where some improvements would help you to do what you need to do.


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